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​SMSgt. Michael J. Venning, shown here, functional area manager 
in the Directorate of Contracting at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Air Force photo.

SMSgt. Michael J. Venning, functional area manager
 in the Directorate of Contracting at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Venning expertly managed the Air Force’s largest contingency contracting corps of 405 members at nine bases. He was the uniformed expert for the contingency acquisition support model, briefing and demonstrating the program for five Army general officers, ensuring the system’s approval. Venning planned and executed the career field’s electronic training documentation initiative, creating a standardized system for 1,890 enlisted members. His efforts transitioned the entire career field in less than two months. He received Air Force Materiel Command’s Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award in contracting and was a distinguished graduate at the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, where he also won the prestigious Commandant’s Leadership Award. Air Force Magazine shined the spotlight on each OAY in the days leading up to AFA's Air & Space Conference, which starts today in National Harbor, Md. AFA will honor these airmen there. Also featured were:

SrA. Aaron T. Feliciano                SrA. Ariful  Haque
SrA. Shabree N. Heasell              SSgt. David W. Wallace III           
TSgt. Latoria R. Ellis                    TSgt. Ryan E. Gangadeen           
TSgt. Toyre L. Hudson                 TSgt. Douglas J. Matthews          
TSgt. William R. Posch                MSgt. Delorean M. Sheridan
SMSgt. Boston A. Alexander